Mark D. Belongia chairs Johnson & Bell's Commercial Transactions practice group. He focuses his practice on handling the general business and transactional needs of closely held and privately held companies. For more than 20 years, he has worked with his clients, addressing their day-to- day corporate issues, as well as acquisitions, divestitures, employment issues and business finance needs. He also works with his clients on succession planning issues. In addition, Mr. Belongia advises and defends banks and thrift organizations in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. Mark works with banks of all sizes, ranging from major institutions headquartered in the nation’s money centers to regional and small community financial institutions. Read about one of Mark's recent transactions.
Mark’s business litigation experience focuses on cases in the banking, commercial, sports and entertainment areas. He has represented clients in a wide variety of cases, including white-collar litigation, government enforcement actions and compliance matters.
For example, Mr. Belongia has defended both individuals and companies in enforcement actions brought by regulatory bodies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). These investigations have included various allegations of unsafe or unsound banking practices, breaches of fiduciary duty, violations of orders, laws, rules or regulations.
Mark describes himself as a great listener - a skill he says too many attorneys lack -- whether listening to his client, opposing counsel or judge. Mark takes a calm and centered approach in working with clients facing critical business decisions, often under stressful circumstances. After serving as a sounding board and carefully listening to the business issues at hand, Mark develops a big-picture strategy that makes the most efficient use of the legal process. His peers have also recognized him with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.